Expedited Shipping

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  1. Wigglez

    Wigglez Member

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    I started a business and am working as an independent contractor for an expedited shipping company.

    I drive a covered pickup truck, and figured it cost me about .30/mile to run it. Based on that figure, and how many empty miles I'm driving, I realized I'm not making any money.

    It's a pretty good gig otherwise. No logs, no scales, no dealing with DOT's, imo, messed up new hours of service regs.

    Maybe I'm just working for the wrong company.

    Was hoping somebody may have some experience and insight about this type of work. Something I may be missing. Maybe a better company to sign on with.

    Worked 14 hours today between that and another job I have.
     
  2. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    you could try FedEx Custom Critical, but i am not certain they just hire off the street for that, or if you need to be employed by them doing other deliveries first, to prove yourself.

    then there is Panther, but frankly, i haven't heard too many good things about them

    getting back to FedEx, you can sign up for FedEx Ground, as a contractor, but you may have to lease one of their trucks, now from this, they may work you into FedEx Custom Critical.

    There are many times local delivery service(s), at least in my area, they are very often known as "courier services", and also, many are medical deliveries, in which you can use your own vehicle.

    if you can get to the airport in your area, scope out the different delivery trucks going in and out of there, for possible sources of work.
     
  3. Wigglez

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    Thanks, watching the airport is a good idea.

    I heard of Panther also, but haven't heard good things about them either.

    Whenever I see a Custom Critical truck, it's a straight truck with a sleeper on it, and I believe they fall into CDL range? I can't obtain my CDL anymore, for health issues. Even though my doctor cleared me for full duty, it doesn't matter. The government somehow knows more about my health than my doctor does.

    I thought Fedex Ground you had to buy your route, or be employed by a company that owns them. I looked into that a bit maybe a year or so ago, and I found routes that sold for six figures. Pure craziness.

    The company I contract for is one of the local delivery service in the area. I've done a few medical runs, and we also drive out of town
     
  4. pro1driver

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    i was not sure if you wanted to go with a sleeper truck, and also, i am not sure if Panther even has a small truck division, as all i ever see are sleeper straight trucks as well, very rarely do i see a Panther tractor-trailer.

    well, no, i actually DO SEE vans, you know, the vans that would haul up to 15 passengers..?? of course, it would be all opened space, no seats in the back...no CDL for that...also, they do have the "step vans" which do not have air brakes, so again, no CDL required (step vans for the regular routes, not custom critical).


    do what an athlete will do....go to another doctor....one that does strictly DOT exams, which soon enough, we will have to go to doctors/clinics, that the staff is DOT approved. my doctor WILL NOT go thru the nonsense of getting DOT certified.

    yes, that is correct, and i forgot that, my bad. i have seen routes for sale as well in the Craig's List ads, and yes, the prices are insane, but the again....maybe they are high grossing routes..??

    you could obtain a route thru a contractor, then maybe buy it off of him/her..?? (just a thought)

    we have here a company, that a person picks up medical waste. how much that pay's i do not know. there is also a company here that specializes in picking up the DOT drug screen kits.

    as i "see it" the smaller segment of delivery services can be a "niche" market, and since you already have a "hold on it", i think that with your current experience far out weighs the CDL A and B drivers, as you do not require the CDL, and also, your taxes for your truck are far lower than any for a class 7 or 8.

    i wish you all the very best of luck, i am certain others will be here later to chime in.

    one more thought, have you tried meat markets, poultry stores, or specialty food places, fish markets, local docks at the river/ocean front for sea food deliveries... as well...???

    may require a type of refrigeration unit, but by golly, those can be roof mounted on the cap of your pick up. God knows the dozens of those i have seen
     
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  5. Wigglez

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    When I looked at Panther, they did have a full size van type deal.

    Ah, so they at least use extended vans. Just haven't seen one myself. Thanks, I'll check them out.


    I'll look into that more. Not sure it will apply to this case though, as the DOT has specific rules for it regardless of what any doctor will say. That's a story for another day though.

    One of the other local delivery services has a refrigerated van.

    Thanks for your advice, I'll check into the specialty food market, see what's available.
     
  6. Wigglez

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    Not sure if this site qualifies for my particular needs but maybe something like it?



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    Are we soon to see you on Shipping Wars??

    If so,give Jennifer a big wet kiss for me


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  8. Wigglez

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    Haven't heard of it

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  9. xeastend

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    Its a " reality " show on the A&E channel. Follows a handful of hot shoters that haul through a company called U Ship
    Looks like mainly one time hauls from individuals not business
     
  10. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    So you figure it costs you thirty cents a mile to run your pickup, what do you get paid per mile to run? It should at least be 3 times that. If not, you can't put money aside for repairs and equipment replacement, and draw a wage.

    So at least ninety cents a mile, and seeing as how you are providing expedited service maybe even a buck twenty.
     
  11. Wigglez

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    .70/mile plus fuel surcharge. I can't negotiate that high of a rate.

    Local runs aren't very good due to all the stops. Only paid when wheels are turning. Of course because it's a local company. Out of town runs are followed by a long empty ride home

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  12. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    on one of the shows last week, she announced she is preggo.....
     
  13. xeastend

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  14. RacerX69

    RacerX69 Retired Gear Jammer/IBEW Retired/Wingnut

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    Well at least it ain't going to waste then.
     
  15. pro1driver

    pro1driver I am LAST

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    from a distance, she looks cute

    close up.....oh my gawd......the wrinkles.....and according to a bio of her...she was a model..??

    i guess she doesn't keep up with that "high maintenance" a model requires....
     
  16. xeastend

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    Gotta agree.......She is a bit of a butter face

    Nice bod



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    gotta be the only reason how she got knocked up...
     
  18. Wigglez

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    Whoops, I sent that from my phone and it didn't put the link in it.

    Mint
     
  19. grocerythrower

    grocerythrower Super Mod

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    Like Pro1 said, get a van and get on with Panther, I see them all the time on the turnpike in OK.

    You guys are nuts! Butter face? That girl is smokin...whats wrong with you gents?
     
  20. Wigglez

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    Huh?

    He said there is Panther but heard bad things about them.
     

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